FLAMES (29-21-3) at SHARKS (28-19-7)
TV: SNW, CSN-CA
Season series: Kris Russell, Jiri Hudler and Mason Raymond scored in the second period to give the Calgary Flames a 3-1 win against the San Jose Sharks in the most recent game at Scotiabank Saddledome on Feb. 4. Sharks defenceman Justin Braun has four points in the three games.
Flames team scope: Calgary forward Curtis Glencross, who has missed the past nine games because of a lower-body injury, will return to the lineup. Glencross has 26 points in 44 games this season and seven points in 21 career games against San Jose. A 4-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday ended the Flames' three-game winning streak. Goalie Jonas Hiller was pulled after allowing four goals on 24 shots. Hiller, who is expected to make his seventh straight start, is 9-10-2 with a 2.26 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 22 career games against the Sharks. Calgary (61 points) can tie San Jose for second place in the Pacific Division with a win in regulation. The Flames play the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Thursday before starting a four-game homestand Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.
Sharks team scope: San Jose placed top-pairing defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic on injured reserve Sunday with an illness. "I'll see how I feel [Monday]," Vlasic said, according to the San Jose Mercury News. "I'll get some rest tonight and we'll see [Monday]. Day-to-day." Defenceman Dylan DeMelo was recalled from Worcester of the American Hockey League. Vlasic, who missed the Sharks' 5-4 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, has 17 points in 52 games and leads the Sharks with a plus-15 rating. Forward Tomas Hertl ended a nine-game scoring drought with two goals Saturday. "We have an important game next," Hertl told the Mercury News after the loss. "Hopefully we win because it's still tight for playoffs and we need points now." The Sharks are 1-2-1 in their past four games and finish a three-game homestand Wednesday against the Washington Capitals.